Morgan will build a sports car based on the Aston MartinNovember 30, 2018
Morgan sports cars with a 70-year-old design will be joined by a modern model.
Journalists have identified a mysterious buyer of a license for the construction of the Aston Martin Vanquish sports car. Apparently, it turned out to be a small British company Morgan.
The Automotive News publication suggests that Morgan, the UK’s oldest active automaker, bought the license from Aston Martin. The amount of the transaction amounted to 20 million pounds and included 18 months of free support from the consulting division of Aston Martin Consulting.
Aston Martin did not confirm these findings, and Morgan denied entering into a deal. But journalists compared the facts: after the deal, Morgan reported that they were working on a new rear-wheel-drive coupe, the characteristics of which turned out to be as close as possible to the Aston ones. For example, it is already known that the chassis of the new “Morgan” will be made of aluminum using riveting and glue. Meanwhile, most of the “Morgans” are made according to the technology of the 50s – with a steel spar frame and an ash tree body.
The chassis is used for the new model with the appearance in the traditional Morgan’s spirit. And then, within five years, the British are going to release another model of a more avant-garde design.
The head of Aston Martin Andy Palmer told Automotive News journalists that he agreed to sell the rights to the Vanquish design along with the tooling for its manufacture only after he was introduced to what car they were going to build on this basis. The top manager added that the buyer did not want the connection with the Vanquish model to be advertised.
The second-generation Aston Martin Vanquish Grand Tourer was produced between 2012 and 2018. Like almost all Aston Martin models after the DB7, it was based on the VH aluminum platform – or rather, on its fourth version with enhanced carbon fiber. New models are built on a completely new technical base – these are the big DB11 and DBS Superleggera sports cars with the original V12 5.2 turbo engine and the more affordable Vantage coupe with the four-liter Mercedes-AMG V8 turbo engine.
The Morgan company dates back to 1910 and is characterized by extreme conservatism. Now she is releasing two main lines of models – three-wheeled 3-Wheeler designs of the thirties (in the petrol and electric versions) and four-wheeled roadsters (4/4, Plus 4 and Roadster). The latter have changed little since the fifties: their metal bodies are still being assembled on an ash-tree frame, and over the years only the engines are changing – now these are four- and six-cylinder Ford engines. In the history of Morgan, there are more modern cars: for example, the retro-futuristic Aero 8 model of 2001 with all-aluminum chassis and BMW V8 engines, but now the production of cars of this family has been discontinued.